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McKitrick, Steven Foster


Steven Foster McKitrick, age 63, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on June 27, 2021 in Sachse Texas after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Steve was born on November 14, 1957 in Akron Ohio to Russell and Doris McKitrick.  He graduated from Ellet High School, proudly served in the United Air Force from 1976 to 1982 and just recently retired as an Electrical Engineer from TDK Innovata Inc.

He was survived by his 2 daughters and their spouses Angela and Dylan Ellis and Jenny and Jereme Monson; his grandchildren Haley, Cade, David, Joshua and Michael; his brother David McKitrick and wife Janet Combs; his sister Christine Burton and husband Charles Burton; his nephews and niece  David Matthew, Michael, Crystal and Samuel; his girlfriend Cynthia Davis and his numerous great nieces and nephews in Ohio.

Steve was adventurous and full of life.  The most important thing in his life was spending time with his family.  He loved traveling the US and was able to visit Japan as well as his ancestry land of Scotland. He touched many lives with his generosity and passion for life.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 1:00 pm on Thursday July 1, 2021 at North Dallas Funeral Home (2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX 75234). A separate graveside ceremony will be held at the DFW National Cemetery at a later date.  For more information to attend the graveside ceremony, contact Jenny Monson or Angela Ellis at

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

11 Thoughts on McKitrick, Steven Foster
    Gene Uttaro
    13 Oct 2022

    Steve was a great guy! He was always happy go lucky with his Happy Friday when we would gather around the coffee pot. I know he loved spending time with his kids and grand kids. Steve will be sorely missed.

    Curt Lankford
    13 Oct 2022

    I will always remember our years of working together at TDK. Steve was always a kind person who was willing to help anyone who needed it. It gives me great pride in knowing him. God bless all his family and friends.

    Cyrus Cheng
    13 Oct 2022

    I still remember the first year working together with Steve on a project and safety tests. He is humble and willing to help colleagues in labs and in document preparation. He has hope in both work and life, and I believe he is in Heaven with endless joy. I really miss him!

    Jin He
    13 Oct 2022

    Last time I seen Steve in Person was on June 4, 2021. Although Steve physically looked a little bit weak, but mentally, he was really strong. He said to us that he would like to visit Grand Canyon. He also mentioned that he was taking care of his girl friend who just had surgery. That tells me Steve was a very kind and strong human being!

    Last 16 years, Steve served as electrical engineer with extra responsibilities on product safety certification. Steve did great job. He developed a close relationship with UL and VDE engineers. One of the German VDE engineers (Gunther) loves to have Japanese Sushi food whenever he came here, which made Steve to become a Sushi food lover as well. They enjoyed to visit Japan House in Plano a lot.

    When TDK Lambda held a global safety engineering meeting at Nagaoka, Japan 2.5 years ago, I knew it would be great for Steve to go. I selected Steve to represent TLA AC-DC Product group. I was right, Steve had great time in Japan because I reviewed and approved his expense report 🙂

    Steve and I (also Prince Charles) always celebrated our birthday together last 16 years, and I have and will continue to remember Steve on my birthday for the rest of my life.

    Steve had been a very nice guy for all those years from the day one we hired him, and made a lot of contributions. We all missed him a lot, and wish Steve have no more pains, no more Chemos, and be with the God in happy land eating Sushi / Sashimi often.

    Finally. let me also share some of the condolence comments I received from our colleagues from TDK Lambda Japan and TDK Japan including our great friend and CEO/President Yashiro san who was an expat in Dallas for 3 years, Mark Takagi san who worked at Dallas Technical Center with Steve for 5 years as expat, other expats and friends.


    “I am sorry to hear the news of Steve’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
    One day, I went to office with green color T-shirt then Steve praised me by saying you know well today is St.Patrick’s Day. If my memory is correct, Steve taught me to wear green color at St.Patrick’s Day. Steve is always very kind and nice guy! H.Yashiro (CEO/President, Expat)”


    “Thank you for sharing the news. I’m so sorry to hear that. He is too young for passing. I remember that I played golf with him at the same team of TDK Innoveta competition. He was good guy. May he rest in peace. Mark Takagi (Senior Manager of TDK EV Department, Expat)”


    “Deepest condolences to Steven and his loved ones and DTC family. It is really sad news especially he just retired and started new chapter of life……. Hiratsuka (Senior Marketing Manager, expat)”


    “Thank you for letting me know how Steve spent his last days. I understand as he wanted active life rather than bit longer life. I believe he bravely accepted his own destiny. Can I think as like him when I face similar situation? I’m not sure. We, TDK Lambda Japan members also wish Steve RIP. Uesugi (Senior R&D Manager)”


    “I’m very sorry to hear that. While I was is in DTC, he was a kindness engineer and had passion to keep learning new technologies. And I was feeling he was a kind of kindness uncle. May he rest in peace. Ken Takayama (Electrical Engineer at Sumitomo, expat of TDK Lambda Japan)”.


    In the nutshell, Steve was a very nice guy, and he will be sorely missed!

    Rest in Peace, Steve.


    Carl Wildrick
    13 Oct 2022

    Steve worked in my group since 2006 when he joined TDK. No matter what type of day he was having, he remained upbeat and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He seemed to have a knack for finding the sunny side of any situation.
    We shared lab bench space during a large portion of these past 15 years, so we talked frequently. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, and family. I heard about youth sporting events, his visits to Ohio and Houston, and what he and Cynthia were up to. It was obvious what he deeply cared about in life was his family and relationships.
    A great guy who is already missed. It was a pleasure to know him. I offer my deepest condolences.

      Günter Straube ( retired VDE Eng)
      27 Jan 2023

      Hi Karl,
      Today I have got the information That Steve McKitrick passed away, sorry for the late answer, I have still send a Condolence to this page of Steve.
      I hope everyone from TDC (TDK)
      can read it.

      We really have had a great time.with Steve we will miss him and his great

      I’m still happy with my retirement and my Familie in the wine area Mosel in Brauneberg/Gerrmany My best regards to all.

    Gregory Childers
    13 Oct 2022

    My sincere condolences to Steve’s family. He often talked to me about his daughters and his grandchildren. His family was everything to him. I feel luck to have known and worked with Steve. He really liked his work and he was a joy to be around. His kindness and calm demeanor will be sorely missed.

    Christy Family
    13 Oct 2022

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family at this time. Steve was loved so much.

    Florence Martin
    13 Oct 2022

    May God give you comfort during this time. Love and prayers

    Yasu Kaneto
    13 Oct 2022

    I have been worked with Steve near 10years. Half of my life in company. He was always kinds me and joking.
    I remember lunch with Steve. He told me about weekend plan about enjoying with his child / grandchild. Also what I impressive with him was he arranged his sightseeing plan in Tokyo himself during his business trip in Japan. It was may be very difficult but “he said No problem, I enjoyed !!” I really miss him, Rest in Peace.

    Günter Straube )retired VDE Eng,) Germany
    27 Jan 2023

    Also from my side, deepest condolences to
    Steven’s family and his loved ones
    and DTC family. It is really sad that one of our best friends left so early, why always, the very good guys going so early. I will miss Steve as a good friend and one very good Safety Engineer.
    It was such a nice pleasure to worked with him and have had a great time,
    The fantastic memories with Steve will be always with us, Please holy father be sure, that he will get some good Sushi in heaven.
    He will be sorely missed!

    Herewith from all VDE Engineer‘s who worked with Steve McKitrick.
    Thanks for the great time.

    Rest in Peace.

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